duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) , ˈdə-kliŋ\

Definition of duckling

: a young duck

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Megan Farokhmanesh has your TikTok account of the day: Balaskovitz adopted Jerry as a duckling about five years ago from a local farm. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s Twitter ambassadors are blurring the line between fact and fiction," 16 Aug. 2019 Officers were able to stop the woman and retrieve the duckling unharmed from the backpack, and it was reunited with its mother. Mitchell Byars, The Denver Post, "Boulder police thwart attempted ducknapping," 14 Aug. 2019 Two of three ducklings hit were killed instantly, according to WFLA. Ricky Pinela,, "Florida man runs over family of ducks, killing two of the ducklings: report," 14 Aug. 2019 Rescuers were able to easily retrieve four of the ducklings, but the rest of the group had retreated deeper into the underground pipe. Michelle Lou, CNN, "The ducklings were trapped in a storm drain. Firefighters turned to YouTube for help.," 21 June 2019 No mother duck was around, so the crews removed the grate and used a net to capture each duckling. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ducklings trapped in storm drain rescued in El Cajon," 8 June 2019 The ducks were crossed Sixth Street to avoid a dog when three of the ducklings fell into a storm drain. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ducks, stuck, loose: Police rescue 3 ducklings from grate," 30 July 2019 Cases usually increase in the spring and summer, when people typically buy chicks and ducklings. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Backyard chickens and these pig ear dog treats are still making people sick, the CDC says," 19 July 2019 The class will include yoga poses not only with baby goats but also with piglets, ducklings and chicks. USA TODAY, "Glowing rock fight, Statehouse stash, hometown hero: News from around our 50 states," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of duckling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of duckling

: a young duck
: the meat of a young duck that is used as food


duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) \

Kids Definition of duckling

: a young duck

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not constant or steady

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